The Voice of Edwin is the weekly newsletter of the Edwin Lawrence Debate Union at the University of Vermont, an endowed co-curricular program which trains students in debating and sponsors national competition and community events. Alfred C. Snider is the Director. 802-656-0097 voice, 802-238-8345 mobile, 656-4275 fax, firstname.lastname@example.org email, and http://debate.uvm.edu/ldu.html web site.
The LDU meets every Monday night at 6 PM at 475 Main Street.
IN YEAR 100 OF VERMONT DEBATE, A NEW SQUAD RECORD
Education and personal growth and development are the primary goals of the
Lawrence Debate Union. These goals are pursued through debate competition.
Competition, and all of our attempts to win debates, are the means through
which we pursue our goals. However, in many instances, the number of debates
and the wins achieved are a measure of how, in some ways, the squad is doing.
While the LDU discourages students from evaluating themselves
based on their individual win-loss records, the overall record of the squad
is more revealing. It is often used as a motivator for all students. Every
debate, whether a team is 5-0 or 0-5, is of equal importance to the overall
squad win-loss record. Novice, JV, varsity -- all students and all debates
are important to the team. We list our overall record in every newsletter
as an indication of this.
In the 1994-95 season the LDU had an excellent and deep squad.
Debaters like Maxwell Schnurer, Gordie Miller, Jethro Hayman (future Debater
of the Year in the East), Annalei McGreevy, Cleopatra Jones (future Debater
of the Year in the East) , Andrea Looby, Tanya Coburn, and many others made
that year a huge success. At the CEDA National tournament that year the last
debate won by UVM before elimination was #300. It was an impressive achievement
given our limited budget and the fact that almost no UVM students have high
school debate experience. It was thought the record of 300 wins would be very
hard to break.
Until now. Last weekend, at the Rockland Community College
tournament, the last round won was #301. In true LDU style that number was
reached by two novices, Teddy Malley and Jen Knops, in their 3-0 semifinal
victory over a team from Marist College. The scary part about 301 wins is
that we have FOUR tournaments left. Now the only questions are, how high can
we go, and how can any future team beat the record that the 1999-2000 squad
To get 300 wins, for example, a single team would have to go
6-0 at FIFTY debate tournaments, or five teams would have to go 6-0 at TEN
The 301 win mark is also impressive given that the squad is
currently 39 wins over .500. The record was set because of the QUALITY of
the students as well as the SIZE of the team. Tournaments like Rochester,
Binghamton, and Cornell, where UVM entered as many as 17 teams and all but
ONE team was .500 or better are an indication of this.
Every student on the squad contributed to this record breaking
performance, as well as every coach, judge, donor, supporter, and friend.
We did this together, as a group, and we are very proud of each and every
one of us and also proud of the UVM debate tradition of Edwin Lawrence and
Robert Huber which made it all possible.
EXCELLENCE AT ROCKLAND!
Six UVM teams produced a 24-15 record this weekend at Rockland
Community College. Sarah Snider and Casey Gervais (a novice) were 6-0 in the
Open Division before losing in the elimination rounds and finishing THIRD. Aaron
Fishbone and Peter Winfield (both JV) were 4-2 and finished FIFTH. Greta Lockwood
and Liz Robinson (novice) were 3-3 in the Open Division. Sarah Snider was voted
the #1 debater, Aaron Fishbone #5.
In the Novice Division Jen Knops and Teddy Malley were 5-1, won their semifinal
debate 3-0, and then lost a contested final round 2-1 to finish SECOND in Novice.
Craig Winfield and Ben Luntz were 3-3 (Craig had to receive emergency medical
attention and forfeited a round but returned to win the next two debates) while
Eric Chartan and Mike Phippen (Mike's first tournament ever!) were 2-4. Eric
Chartan was named the #2 debater in the Novice Division.
HEART OF AMERICA IN KANSAS IS NEXT
Sarah Snider & Helen Morgan along with Tuna. Leave from
Burlington Friday at 7 AM with Rae as driver. Return on Tuesday with driver
SPRING, 2000 SCHEDULE
JOIN US, HELP US, FUND US, HOUSE US, JUDGE FOR US
2/19-20 Univ. of Kansas
2/25-27 East Regionals at UVM
3/3-5 Nov Nats, JV Nats, Towson
3/17-20 CEDA Nats in KC
3/24-27 NDT in KC
MEETINGS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
LONG TERM RESEARCH WITH HELEN - WED 11 AM
MEETING WITH BURLINGTON HS ABOUT STARTING A DEBATE TEAM - WED 2 PM
WORK WEEKEND TO PREPARE FOR REGIONALS
SATURDAY 12-5 PM WITH RAE
SUNDAY 12-5 PM WITH JACKIE